NFL Combine 2017: Live Updates, Analysis and Highlights for QB, WR and TE Workouts
Follow Saturday's live coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine to keep tabs on a trio of quarterbacks whose draft projections constantly fluctuate. Will Deshaun Watson force the Cleveland Browns to rethink their interest in Mitch Trubisky? Will DeShone Kizer steal the show? Take your first look at the battle between Mike Williams and Corey Davis for the top wide receiver spot. Tight end O.J. Howard hopes to build upon an impressive Senior Bowl performance. David Njoku isn’t far behind the Alabama standout. Will he move up on draft boards?
- March 4, 2017
- via Bleacher Report
The Tight Ends Wrap Up an Overall Quality Workout
Evan Engram (Ole Miss) could join O.J. Howard (Alabama) as a first-rounder on April 27. David Njoku (Miami) has raw ability with desirable physical traits at his position, but he's a second-round talent with high upside.
"Hold up, hold up. One thing. One thing.. Go Hurricanes!" 😂😂😂 #NFLCombine https://t.co/jY1OsByJv62017-3-4 21:18:39
Official Tight End 40-times
Evan Engram burned the competition in more ways than one on Saturday.
#NFLCombine TE 40-Yard Dash Times (OJ Howard 6-6 250 4.51) Evan Ingram 6-3 234 4.42 https://t.co/ajgwMWBf3c2017-3-4 21:04:56
Rich Eisen Puts Evan Engram's Speed into Perspective
It's almost a guarantee the team that drafts Engram will use him as a wide receiver and primary red-zone threat.
Rich Eisen @richeisen
Only 2 running backs and 4 wide receivers ran faster times than @OleMissFB TE @EvanEngram2017-3-4 21:01:30
We'll See a Lot More of This from Evan Engram on Sundays
Most spectators knew what to expect from O.J. Howard, but Engram stole the show among the tight ends.
Yup. @EvanEngram was a BEAST at @OleMissFB. #NFLCombine https://t.co/uhyENyFmxH2017-3-4 21:05:03
The Great Deion Sanders Responds to the New 40 👑
Did anyone else notice that Deion Sanders didn't accept Ross' challenge to race?
Deion Sanders @DeionSanders
Great job young fellow. Proud of you man. #Truth https://t.co/fTQ1LHEKKt2017-3-4 21:00:09
Evan Engram Looks Natural as a Pass-Catcher
Thus far, Engram and O.J. Howard separated themselves from the group with quality performances in the 40-yard dash and receiving drills.
Engram caught 65 passes for 926 yards and eight touchdowns during his senior year at Ole Miss.
O.J. Howard Looks 💪 in Strength Drills
On Friday, the Alabama tight end bench pressed 225 pounds for 22 reps. On Saturday, he looks like a solid blocking tight end in a pad-pushing drill.
Saturday's Standout Performers
According to Brad Crawford of CBSSports, the 11 performers below have significantly improved their draft stocks.
Brad Crawford @BCrawford247
Saturday #NFLCombine winners WR Jones WR Ross WR Samuel WR Malone WR Godwin TE Engram TE Hodges TE Howard QB Watson QB Trubisky QB Kaaya2017-3-4 20:31:51
The WRs Aren't the Only Ones Burning the Field 🔥
Many analysts have said this year's tight end class ranks as one of the best.
Kyle Rudolph @KyleRudolph82
The TEs are flying at the #NFLCombine!2017-3-4 20:09:42
Leonard Fournette Ran a 4.51 at 240 Pounds. Here's O.J. Howard at 249 Pounds
The Alabama tight end is light on his feet, but he can stand his ground and drive defenders backward as an in-line blocker.
6'6" and 249lbs. With a 4.51u 40-yard dash? Yup. That's @AlabamaFTBL TE O.J. Howard 😳 #NFLCombine https://t.co/D5KvQyTdE32017-3-4 20:08:05
Darrell Daniels Said He'd Be the Fastest Tight End, Well...
Unfortunately, Daniels' tweets proved to be all talk. He logged a 4.56u and 4.58u, which currently puts him in fourth place.
Ole Miss Tight End Evan Engram Leads Tight Ends in 40-times
On first attempts, Engram ran a 4.43 as the only prospect at the position in the 4.4 range.
It's Time to Put Your 40 Where Your Mouth Is, Sir!
Darrell Daniels played at Washington along with the new 40-time king John Ross. Coincidence?
Darrell Daniels @Drinkmysuccess
I will be the fastest tight end at the combine and that's all I'll say about that ✌🏾️!2017-1-28 21:51:12
Bucky Hodges Leads Tight Ends in Broad Jump
Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech: 134 inches David Njoku, Miami: 133 inches George Kittle, Iowa: 132 inches Jonnu Smith, Florida International: 127 inches Gerald Everett, South Alabama: 126 inches
Mike Mayock Compares O.J. Howard to Greg Olsen
The Alabama tight end leads his position group as the No. 1 prospect. After the Senior Bowl, ESPN's Todd McShay deemed Howard as the most complete player in the draft.
Bring on the Tight Ends 💪
As a position emerging in the passing game, we're set to see a unique mix of power and athleticism.
Bucky Hodges posting some BIG numbers today... Both tops among TEs 39" vertical 134" broad #NFLCombine 🦃 https://t.co/Pw3rgTxbQk2017-3-4 19:42:21
Daniel Jeremiah Ranks Watson as the Most Impressive
Interestingly, he slotted Pat Mahomes ahead of DeShone Kizer, who flashed a powerful and accurate arm during the throwing drills.
Daniel Jeremiah @MoveTheSticks
For what it's worth...most impressive QBs today 1- Watson 2-Trubisky 3- Mahomes 4-Kizer2017-3-4 19:31:05
Deshaun Watson Shows Smooth Mechanics
As the most experienced quarterback at the top of the 2017 draft class, Watson looked technically-sound. It's possible that his decision not to participate in the Senior Bowl allowed him to catch his breath after a successful College Football Playoff run. If not the first, he'll be the second passer selected on April 27.
Mitchell Trubisky Performed Well Throughout the Drills on Saturday
According to Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Mary Kay Cabot, the Cleveland Browns have Trubisky on their radar as a No. 1 overall pick. Those rumors will intensify after Saturday's workouts.
Brian Witherspoon @Spoony29
Mitchell Trubisky is dropping dimes on these post-corner routes. #NFLCombine2017-3-4 19:28:09
- via Scout.com
All-time Fastest 40-time Since 2003
John Ross could develop into a productive all-around receiver as well. You'll hear his name called on Day 1 of the 2017 draft.
NFL Research @NFLResearch
John Ross OFFICIAL 40-yard dash time: 4.22 seconds @WatchJRoss @UW_Football https://t.co/7EDP0tV4CF2017-3-4 18:40:19
John Ross Wears the 👑
It took nine years, but someone finally beat Chris Johnson's 40-time. Now, can the world see a one-on-one race between these two at a Pro Bowl event?
OFFICIAL: 4.22! There is a new 40-yard dash record holder! @WatchJRoss is the new KING of the 40! #NFLCombine https://t.co/Antnt2sgzH2017-3-4 18:42:17
Hey Deion! Where. You. At?
The new 40-time king wants Deion Sanders in a race. New school vs. old school.
Here's the man himself... If @WatchJRoss could race ANYONE... who would it be? PRIMETIME! (cc: @DeionSanders) #NFLCombine https://t.co/JTOLHHgBQI2017-3-4 18:57:28
A Refined Tyreek Hill?? Oh Lawd 😔
As a rookie, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill scored 12 touchdowns (6 receiving, 3 rushing, 2 punt returns, 1 kickoff).
A more refined version of a multi-talented weapon without off-the-field issues should equal a top-15 pick. It's money day for John
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
Who is John Ross? "A clean Tyreek Hill" - NFL WR Coach to me just now2017-3-4 17:59:38
Congratulations to John Ross! He Officially Ran a 4.22. New 40-time 👑
Ross edges Chris Johnson's 4.24 time set in 2008.
Here's another "small" factoid about the Washington prospect. He's a potential first-round pick. A team will not only get a fast receiver but a quality talent. He's a top-three player at his position.
Washington Coach Basically Says, Oh Yeah, He Does This All the Time
Approximately 31 teams will have an issue on their hands in covering a human blur.
Bruce Feldman @BruceFeldmanCFB
Asked a Washington coach if he's surprised John Ross just ran a 4.22.. "Not at all! 4.25 last spring."2017-3-4 17:42:50
- via FOX Sports
The Best Unofficial Times (Wide Receivers Only)
John Ross (Washington) and Curtis Samuel (Ohio State) seperate themselves from the pack.
*NOTE: Chris Johnson holds the 40-yard dash record with an official 4.24 time.
NFL Network @nflnetwork
Unofficial 40 times for the WRs in Group 5. #NFLCombine https://t.co/HmrJI9fFlh2017-3-4 18:36:05
We Actually Saw John Ross Decades Ago
It's an appropriate blurry shot of his speed in cartoon form.
John Ross Is Done for the Day
There's official word on John Ross' availability status before his 40-time, but that's neither here nor there.
Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL
RT @NFL_CFB: John Ross tells @KimJonesSports that he's done for the day. Won't do any more drills today. #NFLCombine2017-3-4 18:11:24
Respect Among Competitors 👊
Deshaun Watson (Clemson) and Trevor Knight (Texas A&M) exchange pleasantries while on their journey into the NFL.
Toe Tap Skills on 💯
Wide receivers at the combine looking similar to ballerinas near the sideline.
Curtis Samuel Posts a Modest Fast 40-time
Samuel might have more publicity for running a 4.31u, but everyone is still awaiting John Ross' official time.
🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Curtis Samuel (@OhioStateFB) runs 4.31u 40-yard dash! #NFLCombine https://t.co/CGPnGcAzMh2017-3-4 18:11:00
Don't Forget John Ross Could Be a 1st-Round Pick
With a productive junior season at Washington (81 catches, 1150 yards and 17 TDs), blazing speed and nationwide respect, Ross might have punched his ticket as a top-20 pick.
Nike Should Give John Ross an Archipelago
If John Ross breaks the record, he did it in Nike Shoes. So, he doesn't get an island from Adidas. Nike should do the right thing and give the man a group of islands.
Good luck catching a blur on the field on Sundays. Once he secures the football, it's going to be a problem.
Andrew Siciliano @AndrewSiciliano
One team had John Ross at 4.18 on one of their stopwatches.2017-3-4 17:57:18
- via AL.com
- via The Seattle Times2017 NFL Combine QB WR TE
John Ross Said He'd Challenge the 40-Time Record, and He Shocked Spectators at the Combine
John Ross Could Be Done for the Day
After a posting an unofficial 4.22 in the 40-yard dash. Calf cramps could keep him out for the rest of the day. He'll continue to hydrate.
Yeah, About That. All About the Check ✔
Note to John Ross: Switch the shoes, run again and claim your island prize!
John Ross runs a 4.22 unofficially. But no Adidas Island for Ross; he's wearing Nike shoes.2017-3-4 17:36:40
This Is So Yesterday...You Gotta Be Quicker Than That Chris
John Ross awaits his official time, but it's hand-clocked at 4.22
Football Posts @FballPosts
8 years ago CJ2K broke the speed of sound... https://t.co/XvzuXwrJEW2017-3-3 22:00:04
Don't Ruin This Hstoric Moment for Us, Gil Brandt
For now, John Ross is the most popular college player in the draft process.
Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt
I had 4.25u for John Ross. #NFLCombine2017-3-4 17:37:08
John Ross Has Chris Johnson's Attention 👀 👀
Right now, Ross' time is still unofficial. He also has another attempt.
Chris Johnson @ChrisJohnson28
Move Over Chris Johnson! John Ross (unofficially) Takes the 👑
According to Michael Irvin, Ross felt cramps before he ran! 😱
OH. MY. GOODNESS. JOHN ROSS!!!! 🔥 @UW_Football WR @WatchJRoss runs 4.22u 40-yard dash. (cc: @chrisjohnson28) https://t.co/kkeUVDIMeQ2017-3-4 17:36:45
📢📢The New KING of the 40-time? 💨
Washington's John Ross unofficially ran a 4.22!
Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky Tie 40-times
Deshaun Watson: 4.67u Mitchell Trubisky: 4.67u DeShone Kizer: 4:83 (official time)
.@DeshaunWatson4 (@ClemsonFB - @MikeMayock's #2 QB) runs a 4.68u 40-yard dash! #NFLCombine https://t.co/QgRiRBlG7c2017-3-4 17:17:24
The Newest Addition to NFL Network Speaks Out
We're not sure about Steve Smith Sr.'s talent evaluation skills, but it takes a good wide receiver to know one, right?
Cooper Kupp is @89SteveSmith's #1 WR. #NFLCombine https://t.co/L15LXTNKdo2017-3-4 16:41:33
Don't Call Him Mitch
Mitchell Trubisky ran a 4.71u 40-time. DeShone Kizer: 4.83 (official)
Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL
RT @NFL_CFB: North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky clocks in at 4.71u on his first combine 40 run2017-3-4 17:14:26
Mike Mayock Doesn't Hold His Tongue on Patrick Mahomes Assessment
"Something really good or really bad could happen on every snap." -Mike Mayock on Patrick Mahomes
How Will Deshaun Watson Look Under the Bright Lights?
If he performs like he does during big games, he'll become a diamond under pressure at the combine.
No Pressure Robert Davis 😬
Robert Davis: Projected to go undrafted out of Georgia State Julio Jones: No. 6 overall pick of the 2011 draft from Alabama
NFL Research @NFLResearch
Based purely on combine measurables, @GeorgiaStateFB WR Robert Davis has an interesting NFL comparison... @juliojones_11 https://t.co/EemYdtaQ922017-3-4 16:41:20
Baylor's KD Cannon Officially Ran 4.41
Cannon ran with the first group of wide receivers and he holds the fastest time. After a breakout junior season, in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards, the Baylor wideout could sneak into the third round of the draft.
- via NFL.com
The First 👀 at Deshaun Watson
Watson logs a 32.5" vertical. That's still better than Leonard Fournette's 28.5" vertical that drew widepread concern on Friday.
32.5" vertical jump for @ClemsonFB QB @DeshaunWatson4! #NFLCombine https://t.co/EwL1DE9DiE2017-3-4 15:59:46
Mack Hollins Is Done for the Day with a Quad Injury
Hollins hurt his quad on his first 40-yard dash attempt. He wanted to continue, but the injury will keep him out. He plans to participate in North Carolina's Pro Day on March 21, per NFL Network's Kimberly Jones.
58 Wide Receivers Is a Combine Attendance Record at the Position
In passing league, there are more opportunities for pass-catchers. Three-wide receiver sets in spread offenses have become the norm.
Mike Loyko @NEPD_Loyko
Last year 44 Wide Receivers were invited to the combine, this year the number jumped to 58.2017-2-16 00:49:30
Scouts Dig the Long Ball 🏈
Teams will certainly fall in love with DeShone Kizer's accurate deep ball.
.@DKizer_14 going DEEP down field! #NFLCombine https://t.co/S5YvgYsVOj2017-3-4 16:22:54
More Love for Joshua Dobbs
Just when you count him out, he shows you the best of his skills. Dobbs looks sharp on the throwing drills.
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
Every time I think I'm done with Dobbs, he looks good and I'm adding more to my notes.2017-3-4 16:18:17
Dede Westbrook Has a Checkered Past as Well
Westbrook is entitled to his own opinion, but it's probably not the best time to voice this viewpoint. Public outrage pertaining to societal issues could influence teams on draft day.
NFL on ESPN @ESPNNFL
Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook says Joe Mixon should be at this week's NFL scouting combine. https://t.co/FGXpB2RFyE https://t.co/muexHmyrzF2017-3-4 15:55:26